I recently had the good fortune of a friend that I first met in the late 1980s bring me dinner. The Thai takeout was delicious, but the connection that we share helped to lift my spirits. There was something so special about spending time with someone that I’ve known for so long. It occurred to me then that I might not have had this experience when I was in my twenties. It’s a benefit that comes with age.
Aging Unbound is the theme for Older Americans Month. What does that mean? At the Village we’re shining the spotlight on the benefits of aging, especially as we remain engaged, independent, and included in our community. In addition to the company and companionship of life-long friends, other benefits are that I tend to worry less, I am not as concerned about what others think of me, and when times are tough, I can look back to previous experiences to find strength to understand and cope.
Here’s a little challenge -- next week in this column, I’d like to include some of your perspectives on the benefits of aging. Will you email me and share some of your thoughts? I’ll publish them without attribution, but I believe in the power of gratitude so let’s learn from each other.
This Week’s Reminders
Share your life story! We’re excited to have received a grant from HumanitiesDC to capture oral histories of some of our members. Details in today’s newsletter and on the website. I hope you will please consider sharing your story.
Sunday, May 21 at 3:00 PM, there will be a string quartet concert at Tregaron Conservancy. Registration is required for this popular concert in such a lovely setting.
Take advantage of our wellness schedule
Mondays at 10:00 AM, we offer a virtual yoga class with Cleveland Park’s Beth Kaplan.
Wednesdays at 9:30 AM and Fridays at 10:00 AM, Beth also leads us in a virtual gentle stretching class.
Thursdays at 10:00 AM join the Woodley Park Walking group
Saturdays at 9:30 AM the Cathedral Commons Walking Group convenes outside of the Giant.
Details of all these events can be found on our website at www.CWPV.org and then click on “calendar”.
The Programs Team
We have recently convened a Programs Team that meets every few weeks at the library. They’ve already implemented a monthly Games Group, secured FREE baseball tickets to an upcoming game, and planned a trip to Glen Echo for dinner and their First Friday Art Walk. We could use more voices and good ideas!
Frank Finamore is Executive Director of the Village
P.S. An astute reader and member, felt compelled to remind me that at 56, I too am an “older adult.” Of course, that’s true and in the spirit of Older Americans Month, I’m embracing and celebrating that fact.